Sound Off: Is New Navy Seal Book Appropriate?

New book is causing controversy on several fronts.

A new book by one of the Navy SEALs who took part in the killing of Osama Bin Laden is getting publicity that publishers only dream about.

The problem is, the publicity is not necessarily good.

The author of the book, who used the pen name Mark Owen, has been criticized by security experts for potentially jeopardizing the safety of current and former SEALs by disclosing information about the May 2011 raid that killed the man who orchestrated the attacks on America on September 11, 2001.

Neither the Pentagon nor the CIA vetted the book for accuracy and the author could be subject to prosecution for revealing national security secrets and/or sensitive military information.

Compounding matters is that some media outlets have identified the author, which could put him in danger.

Security leaks have been a controversial topic in this year's presidential campaign as Pres. Obama was accused by some of exploiting the raid for political gain by referencing it in political ads.

"No Easy Day" is being published on Sep. 11, which leaves it open to charges of exploitation.

So, who's right in this controversy?

Should the author of "No Easy Day" be disclosing state secrets? Should he be charged for doing so? Should he have been identified?

Tell us below.

maizenbluedoc August 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Rest assured, there is a reason. Just maybe the same as Romney has, but the media bias won't allow that to be an issue in the case of BHO. There is also a reason for the continued suspense-it allows candidates to avoid the REAL issues. The media sure harrassed GWB about his grades in college. Maybe BHO's grades were worse than GWB.
stanley seigler August 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM
@Tom not sure whether your comments are facetious or serious concerns...but in case some are serious concerns... re: 'Where are OBH's records...' BO's birth certificate is public knowledge...you can google; read opinions; then make up your mind...sense you have already done this and have no doubt he was born in the USA...however, there are no documents that will satisfy the BO-haters (birthers). [CLIP] '...conspiracy theories persist despite Obama's pre-election release of his official birth certificate from Hawaii in 2008, confirmation by the Hawaii Department of Health based on the original documents, and the April 2011 release of a certified copy of Obama's original Certificate of Live Birth. [end clip] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_citizenship_conspiracy_theories many GOPs (eg, mccain, romney) know and have stated BO was born in USA. re school records: doubt they will be released...but you dont get to be president of harvard law review with a poor academic record... as you said, 'this being an issue of distraction’...and most, 'would like it to end right now'...but as most know the BO-hater will never end it...
stanley seigler August 25, 2012 at 01:18 PM
@maizenbluedoc: '...Maybe BHO's grades were worse than GWB.' maybe...but doubt it...what difference does it make...it just another BO-hater distraction... evidently confidential college records can be obtained...eg; [CLIP] Confidential college transcripts and test scores obtained by the Washington Post reveal that neither presidential candidate, George W. Bush nor Al Gore, were shining students during their college days at Yale and Harvard, respectively. Although each earned respectable scores on the SAT college admissions test (a total of 1355 of 1600 for Gore and 1206 for Bush), neither did that well in their college courses. Both earned a mix of B and C grades. Gore's lowest grade of D came in a natural sciences course, while his top grades were an A in French and English, an A in Visual and Environmental Studies, and an A- in Social Relations. Bush's lowest marks were a 70 (of 100) in Sociology and a 71 in Economics, while his highest scores were High Passes in History and Japanese. [ens clip]http://www.insidepolitics.org/heard/heard32300.html a similar comparison of BO v MITT would be an interesting distraction...bet both have better acdemic records than W or gore. BTW colin powell graduated from CCNY (not a prestigious ivy league school.) with a C average...and I might vote for him over either BO or MITT.
JoSCh August 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
DevGru had it's own website and 1-800 number up until 2005 and many within their ranks have published books, often as "fiction," about their training and ops. You birthers are retarded. I don't mean that in the middle school teasing way. I mean you're developmentally disabled; you're given information and you start thinking about molding your own feces into statues.
Liberal in SC August 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Other than stating the name "Seal Team 6" (Which I would NOT have done), where is your proof that the White House has leaked "States Secretes" ? You have none, only what you hear from Fox Noise ... which DID Publish the name of the books author ! Who is already receiving Death Threats !!! I myself am a Retired Desert Storm Vet, who held a Top Secrete Security Clearance for many years. I've worked with Soldiers who's Rank and Job Title were "Classified", so I know what I'm talking about. You should read this article, I'm not alone .... Partition Politics has NO Business in Security ! (Like OUTING Valery Plame and all who worked for her "Front Company" Bruster Jennings.) http://www.military.com/daily-news/2012/08/22/special-operators-to-anti-obama-groups-zip-it.html?ESRC=dod_A.nl


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